December 28, 2021
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a special assistance package of Rs 507 crore for farmers affected by Cyclone Jawad. Small and marginal farmers in rain-fed and non-irrigated areas with 33% crop damage will get Rs 6,800 per hectare, farmers in irrigated areas will get Rs 13,500 per hectare and farmers cultivating perennial crops like mango, cashew, coconut, betel vine, kewda, etc will Rs 18,000 per hectare as assistance.
According to the official press release it stated that the farmers of perennial crops will get a minimum Input subsidy of Rs 2,000 for crop loss, while the farmers of other crops will get a minimum of Rs 1,000. Farmers of the affected 12 districts will be provided with 12,000 quintals of certified high-quality seeds at subsidised rates and an additional 25% of the current rebate will be provided through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) for the 2021-22 Rabi crop.
Farmers of the affected districts will be provided with 50,000 seed mini-kits of pulses-type crops. In addition to that 4 lakh vegetables, seed mini-kits will be provided free of cost. About 1 lakh farmers will get aid at the rate of Rs 4,000 per 0.20 hectares for the cultivation of hybrid vegetable crops.
Similarly, a subsidy of Rs 50 crore will be provided to the cyclone-affected farmers through DBT for procurement of technical agriculture equipment, said the press release. About 5,000 pump sets and 5,000 sprayers with a 50 % subsidy will be distributed among the farmers in the affected districts.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra looked into the field-level progress of the works under the ...